The Change

Education must move with the times. What can be done to reach a technology-savvy generation that relies on media every free second of their time? In order to prepare students for the world we must embrace mobile learning. This will be a major benefit to education by reducing the brick and mortar borders of the schoolhouse and opening opportunities for personalized learning and worldwide connections. Research shows that “Station rotations keep students moving, keep them engaged, and give them more than one way to practice what they know (Creative Educator, n.d.)”. My original plan is to implement blended learning on my campus where students work in several different activities or centers, which includes whole group instruction, small group instruction, peer-to-peer activities, pencil & paper activities, and individual work on a computer or tablet.


What Worked?

Implementing the station rotation model has worked for the most part in the 5th grade class. The teacher loves being able to work with small groups and provide real-time feedback, answer questions, lend support, and direct the students to an online resource. The students in the class like the freedom they have as learners in this model. They also like the fact that they the teacher is not hovering over them or controlling the pace of their learning.


What could have been done better?

Of course, there are a lot of kinks that need to be worked out. There should be now surprise to know that the technology doesn’t work all the time. Another thing that can be done better is teacher support. Because some teachers are not “techy” they shy away from blended learning.


How to Apply Lessons Learned?

My 4dx, innovation plan can be found here. After these past five weeks there are some key things that I know must change in order for my plan to be successful.


My main goal was to implement an innovation plan that would incorporate blended learning into the classroom. Here are some of the changes I have made with my plan.


Starting at Ground Zero (The Task Force)

I must have a solid foundation. I have to make sure when trying to implement my plan I have key people on my support team: administration, teachers, students, parents, and community. Its not going to just take the support from the teachers and admin as I stated in my earlier plan, but all hands are going to need to be on deck as a support for this plan to be successful. This task force will:

  • Hold focus group meetings distribute surveys, and be mentors for those classes to ease the launch of this program.
  • Provide technical support to all participants.
  • Develop a clear vision for our innovation plan.



Clear Vision and Increased Collaboration

Originally, I was going to gear my blended learning initiative to one grade level. I think this plan can be implemented in grades K-5 one classroom at a time. In order for this to be successful we have to increase collaboration among the teachers.  “Successful collaborations happen when teachers work together to share the workload instead of doubling their efforts. From the delegation of tasks, teachers are also able to learn more from each other as they come back together to review and assemble their separate assignments into a cohesive lesson plan. (Jones, 18)”. Increased collaboration is essential as we learn from each other and move theory into practice while also sharing successful innovations from one class to another.


Professional Learning

“At its core, professional learning is the key component to improving educator practice and providing new perspectives on an ever-changing profession (Marcinek, 2015)”. The problem is that most teachers have not had adequate training to prepare them to use technology effectively in teaching. The lack of professional development focused around technology is a serious barrier affecting the fully implemented classroom with technology. Therefore, professional development for teachers becomes the key issue in using technology to improve the quality of learning in the classroom.


In my influencer strategy I stated that grade levels will meet before or after school on a weekly basis to develop ideas, answer questions, voice concerns, and see student progress but that must change. Here is how I would change professional learning.

Start by assessing the basic technology and technology integration skills of the entire teaching staff. Give teachers a self-assessment of what they know about technology, what they want to know, and how comfortable they are with technology at a whole.

Provide once a month training to fill in gaps and give teachers what they want. I feel to have several workshops available that would gear towards the needs of the teachers according to the survey. This will allow teachers to choose to attend workshops only in the areas where they need extra learning.

During the training there will be time allotted for teachers to use the technology. They will create real lessons and activities to use with their students. Doing this will help them see how technology will enhance their classroom.

These training sessions throughout the year will help teachers practice information without overwhelming them. The task force will provide follow-up materials, such as online tutorials, help sheets or short videos so teachers can review the training on their own if they do forget how to do something.


Monitoring and Evaluation

  • There will be continuous monitoring and evaluation of the project by the task force. This is necessary so if there are any concerns are improvements it will be identified.
  • Feedback from participating classes will be discussed at focus group meetings. Task group members can also voice their opinions about the plan which will produce collaboration.




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Jones, L. (18, July 2014). The Power of Teacher Collaboration. Retrieved from Teaching Channel:

Marcinek, A. (2015, June 14). Professional Learning Opportunities and the Teachers They Create. Retrieved from Edutopia:




Learning from Past: Literature Review



Technology innovations are happening around the world everyday. It is no secret that there is a need for an increase for technology in the classroom to be able to provide personalized, student-centered learning. This will also allow for engaging and collaborative learning. I created an innovation plan in 5305 that you can see here that I thought was good to launch. After being in this class and seeing the success and failures of others through research I can now see some changes that need to be made. Globally schools are jumping to mobile learning to equip students with skills they need to be successful in this evolving technology world.  The articles that I researched talk about how technology integration promotes student-centered learning,  the justification for use of mobile devices by students, and how professional development is essential for an any technology implementation to be successful. I have also been able to look at what worked, what could have been done better, and how can I apply these lessons learned to my plan.

What Worked

We all know that ICT (information and communication technology) is being used everyday around the globe to enhance student learning. There are a few examples that I felt work when implementing technology in education.

  • The eSkewla Project- A project that was based in the Phillipines which we all know is an area not flourishing in educational tools and opportunity. This plan to me worked because they didn’t start the implementation process until they had a solid foundation.  The involved parties saw the big picture with ICT. That is simply to make learning “interactive, flexible, and fun with the use of ICT” (p.18).  This project had its hiccups along the way with the training, infrastructure, outside parties that had doubts.  In the end there was community support, involvement and there was mobilization.  Because the focus of this program was the community, the instructional model, and required training made this program successful.
  • MoMath Project- Project based in rural South Africa. This program in my opinion worked because it had support from mobile companies and the community. Mobile learning in this region is small compared to other countries. This project was launched to bridge the gap with mathematics. To me this program worked for several different reasons.
    • Accessibility- This free service is accessible via a mobile phone and it gives students access to several exercises and allows students to collaborate with others, compare achievements and get guidance on forward. Without having to download any app, the service works on any phone and pc and is fully browser-based. It requires students or teachers to sign-up then pick their area of interest.
    • Understanding- Teachers can use the service to better understand their students’ competence and areas they need to improve.
    • Support- Government has completely supported this initiative, 3 top mobile networks support this initiative.

This project is also easily monitored by teachers and students, it curriculum is aligned with its educational standards, and it allows students to excel at their own speed.

Since my innovation plan promotes blended learning I found it interesting that BYOD projects were the most successful in blended learning and distance learning. “Bring Your Own Device (BOYD) program, a movement that has been gaining popularity over the past few years. Schools allow students to use personal devices for curriculum-related activities. The staff often employ rules regarding when a device can and cannot be used, and more often than not, digital citizenship is a hot topic for discussion. Many see the use of technological devices in class as the natural way to move forward and keep up in a tech-dependent world. So far, BYOD seems to be the most cost-effective way for the majority of students to work together using personal tools with which they are already comfortable” (Beach). How schools respond to the growth of mobile devices will affect generations of students and their readiness for college and the workforce. It will also impact how well teachers, administrators, and staff do their jobs. We must all do our best to ensure that accessibility and quality remain top priorities as technology develops.


What Could’ve Worked Better

When I think about projects that could’ve worked better the one that sticks out to me is the The IPad “debacle” in the LA Unified School District. There are a lot “wrong” that happened with this project.

  • Poor planning
  • Teachers were not trained enough or not at all on how to use the IPads and curriculum
  • Students learned how to bypass the security features on the IPads and use it at their own disposal to surf the internet
  • Administration and faculty support was not there
  • Too connected to vendors (Apple & Pearson)

Don’t get me wrong I applaud their ambitious effort to provide all its students with IPads. If executed correctly this could’ve really given them a lead in the race to implementing technology.

How can I Apply these Lessons Learned

  • Gain support-If I don’t have support from the administrators and teachers my initiative for blending learning might not get off the ground. I can do this by showing them through my research why implementing technology in the class is a step in the right direction to enhance student learning.
  • Plan- It has been repeatedly found that careful planning is a requirement for the effective implementation of technology.  However, technology is often promoted as the solution for improving learning before teaching and learning needs are even identified. In order to effectively target technology to support teaching and learning it is necessary to engage in planning at the state, school district, school, and classroom level.  (Means, 1993). I need to make sure that I have a solid foundation in place and that can only occur with proper planning. Making sure that my infrastructure is set, materials are in place, support from teachers, etc.
  • Professional Learning– Teacher development is at the core of educational innovation” (West, 2013, p. 13). When trying to push technology implementation we fail to neglect the teachers. Yes, we want our students to be successful and be prepared. How can we do that if the teacher isn’t prepared? We have to provide our teachers with meaningful, fun professional learning. Teachers need training on how best to implement and utilize technology in their classrooms. Great teachers help create great students. In fact, research shows that an inspiring and informed teacher is the most important school-related factor influencing student achievement, so it is critical to pay close attention to how we train and support our teachers.

In conclusion, mobile learning is another gateway for students to get need classroom information. Mobile learning has also open the doors of communication between the students, teachers and even their peers.  There is a growing need for digital content in the classroom. “Technology is a critical part of learning and teaching in today’s classrooms,” commented Alicia Levi, PBS Education. “Teachers today need access to high-quality digital content to keep pace with schools’ investment in interactive whiteboards, tablets and other devices to maximize the educational benefits of technology in classrooms.” (, 2013). Embracing mobile learning is growing worldwide as you can see in some of my research articles. “Teachers are integrating digital learning into their classrooms more than ever. Nearly half (48%) of teachers surveyed reported using technology for online lesson plans, and just under half use technology to give students access to web-based educational games or activities (45%). Additionally, teachers use online video, images and articles (43%). Sixty-five percent of teachers reported that technology allows them to demonstrate something they cannot show in any other way.” (, 2013).

It is now being seen across the world how mobile learning equips students with much needed skills for the future. Several studies have been done to explain the benefits and some of the issues with mobile learning and how it impacts student performance in the classroom. Yes, the research says a lot, and now I just need to “tweak” my plan just a little to meet the needs of the teachers.


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